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Posts tagged as “Gregory Pettys”

One-Way Ticket To Hell

On the night of February 11, 1907, only two miles off Watch Hill, the wooden paddlewheel steamship Larchmont, on the New York/Providence run, and the lumber schooner, the Harry P. Knowlton collided. As many as 150 people perished that night. The exact figure is not…

The Real Robinson Crusoe

The Life and Strange Adventuresof Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe is considered the greatest maritime adventure story of all time. The idea of being stranded on an uninhabited jungle island and living off the land has fascinated people of all ages for generations. In 1719 Daniel…

Mystery of the U-853

It was late fall and a cold northeast wind rustled the water as we headed out of the Mystic River to a spot on the chart marked, “unexploded depth charges 1945.” Onboard the charter boat Thunderfish, Captain Bill Palmer and two other divers were planning…

Saga of the Resolute

Ice shrouded the rigging and angry seas swept over the deck as the Resolute plunged through the North Atlantic. Sailing out of New London, Connecticut on the whaler George Henry, Captain James Buddington found the British ship HMS Resolute locked in the ice, abandoned. The…

Last of the Greatest Generation

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, of the 16 million who served in the armed services in World War II, only about 325,000 American veterans were estimated to still be alive as of May, 2021. They became known as The Greatest Generation, a…

The Dauntless “Veruna”

For over two-hundred years the Mystic River in Connecticut was a center for New England’s shipbuilding industry. Many of the 1400 ships built there went on to have long successful careers. One ship that gained fame at the time and now is almost forgotten is…